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Analysis of "The Secret of the Wild Child"
Transcript of Analysis of "The Secret of the Wild Child"
Written, produced, and directed by Linda Garmon
Based on Russ Rymer's " A Silent Childhood."
"Genie" (given name to the young girl by the psychologists working on the case) is a 13 year old girl who was abused by her father for 10 years (3-13) during a critical learning period of her life.
Shows you many experiments and studies done on her.
To question scientific methods used in the experimentation of bringing "Genie" back to a "normal" lifestyle.
To provide information about the affects abuse has on a child's development
Uses video clips to illustrate her physical struggle to be able to walk upright
Provides research data to express her difficulty of being able to adapt to basic surroundings
Images the director includes of "Genies" dead father causes certain experiences that "Genie" encounters affect "Genie" by leading her to mental break downs
The secrets of the wild child
to provide information about the affects abuse has on a child's development
to question scientific methods used in the experimentation of bringing "Genie" back into a normal life style
Is there a critical period in the development of human abilities?
Do emotions interfere with science?
A specific interview with psychologists about the lawsuit presented by "Genie's" mother concerning the amount of experimentation done on her daughter.
Showing "Genie"getting tired of experiment after experiment.
Personal anecdote of one of the doctors and him trying to adopt her, but questioned if adoption was for her benefit or his career.
The argument is affective!
It exhibits negative consequnces in a childs devlopement from abuse
The case study demonstrated leads to improvents in the APA ( American Psycological Asocciation) ethnic principles